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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

this campaign had attained its climax. But it was in February 1944,
that the Soviet propaganda indeed reached its most fantastic peak when
it accused the Polish C.~in~Q5 General Sosnkowski of being the man
responsible for the massacre of the Poles in Eastern Poland in i943~*944>
i.e., when it was still occupied by the Germans.*
It was a strange scene, this picture of an Ally in the same war camp
fighting another and a weaker member, and using all possible means in
every possible field in order to break that country's moral resistance;
to terrorise and subordinate it as a future vassal. Hitler's tactics of
1938-1939 of acting by threats., and using the medium of others to thrust
the victim to the wal!3 were widely emulated. C£ The Government of
fighting Poland has been fired upon from all angles and by all means
within the Soviets3 power and demands have been put that it must
renounce half the territory of its State without even asking the consent
of its own people."f
If the Soviets did not succeed in convincing the world that Poland's
existence was worthless without a * union * with the Soviets and without
a * friendly' government acting as Russia's £ Gauleiter/ it was not merely
due to the rightfulness of the Polish cause^ and the will of the Polish people
to continue the fight, but to the sheer impossibility of any propaganda
being able to convince all the people of the world that two whites make a
black.
From the July5 19413 the Kremlin converted its headlines to read a
c strong and independent Poland/ changing thereby its slogans but not
its final aim. Poland^ even before her break with Russia^ found herself
once again in the same situation as in 1939—again battered with the heavy
barrage of German and Soviet propaganda machines which were continu-
ously endeavouring to submerge her under a wave of accusation, lies and
slander. There was no question but that such powerful propaganda
constituted a great danger for the nation against which it was directed,
particularly when^ as in this case5 the nation had been silenced by the
effective occupation of its territory and by the extermination of most of
its leader element. The Polish Underground authorities reckoned that
the Germans had destroyed, either by shooting or long-term imprison-
ment, three or even more stratas of leaders of political parties., and of
every other organisation as well. Under the occupation of the Soviets,
the situation was even worse> since this extermination had been carried
out on a wholesale scale. Thus the ability of such a depleted nation to
* Observer* March 5tha 1944,
** Kadio Koseiuszko (in Moscow) lias charged General Sosnkowski with respon-
sibility for the massacre of 20,000 Poles In Voiyn. The story was put out a few-
weeks ago by some Poles in London that 7Q3000 Poles had been massacred by
Soviet parachutists.                                              *
** The l&ct that a mass slaughter of Poles took place f&ere is now confirmed,
ttaagh there is a TXtfde difference in the numbers given,"
t MyS Polska (Polish Thought), London* MarclUst, 1944
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